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's mayor is speaking out tonight after an emotional weekend. someone torched his law office on saturday. the fbi is expected to investigate the fire as a possible act of domestic terrorism. jodi hernandez joins us in vallejo this evening with details. >> reporter: good evening. the mayor has faced a lot of challenges since taking office but nothing rises to this level. you can see the damage caused when an arsonist set fire to the mayor's private law office over the weekend. today mayor davis spoke for the first time about the torching calling it malicious and cowardly. >> although i believe that the last criminal act is part of an escalating attempt to intimidate me, let me make it very, very clear. it has failed. >> reporter: a defiant vallejo mayor says he went let saturday morning's arson fire that destroyed his private law office steer him off course but davis believes the torching was political. >> i will say that the number of acts of vandalism which i have been subjected to over the recent past causes me to believe that this incident is related to my position as mayor. >> report
than 2% a year, think again. >> for those that were previously reduced, we are required by state law, proposition 8, to restore the assessed value to reflect the improving market value when the market begins to turn around. >> reporter: let's say you bought your house five years ago for $800,000. that's considered your prop 13 base even if your value goes way up, your assessed value will go up no more than 2% a year. but prop 8 allows the county to reassess your property to reflect a lower market value, which means if your value declines, you'll get a lower tax bill. but here's the catch. if your home value jumps back up but it's still worth less than you paid, you could see a big property tax increase in this case 6.9%. >> it might be 2.1%. it might be 10% depending upon the market that's occurring in that specific neighborhood. >> reporter: while that increase may be a painful surprise, the county assessor larry stone says there's a silver lining. >> for everyone 1% increase in the property taxes, the property owner gains 99% in improved equity. >> reporter: he also says only 10% o
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